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Bates Library

by Mrs. Richard Coen


The library in Contoocook was founded in 1870. It was located upstairs in the Curtice Block, and remained there until April of 1955. It then moved into one side of the old railroad station, Following the move the circulation increased rapidly and more space was needed.


Through the foresight of Richard Bates, a great lover of books, the present library in Contoocook was made possible. He willed upon this death in 1909 provisions for a sum of money to be set aside for a library building in the Village of Contoocook. his will also stated that this building was to be of "field stone or brick." For years this money remained in trust, growing.


The time finally came to start building. The site was given by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Huntoon in memory of Captain Grovernor A. Curtice and Augusta W. Curtice. The new library was called "The Bates Library" and was completed in 1959.


Bates, an interior decorator, designed and lived in "The House on the Hill" across from "The Mt. Lookout House."


Mrs. Richard Coen

Penacook Road


Quilt square of the Bates Library

Back to Post Office

Next to High School

LOC Subject Headings

Public libraries -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial works

Public libraries -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial works

Railroad stations -- New Hampshire -- Hopkinton -- Pictorial works

Railroad stations -- New Hampshire -- Contoocook -- Pictorial works